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Smarter than a sweetener? Flavour modifier matches sugar's mouthfeel & sweetness

OmegaSweet is a natural, flavour-modifying ingredient that not only replaces sugar's sweetness but mimics its mouthfeel in beverages - a smarter way to reduce sugar ahead of the UK's sugar tax, says the...

Playing with portions and price: Manufacturers need to 'downsize smartly', says researcher

For consumers, higher prices are fair game but smaller portions are not, says one food marketing researcher who is urging manufacturers to downsize smartly: "Some food companies act as if they...

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Traders associations prepare for multinational soda ban in Tamil Nadu

An industry group and a trades union have backed a ban on beverages made by multinational companies in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, signalling possible trouble for PepsiCo...

Australian craft pioneer changes focus from beer to $260 whisky

One of Australia’s early craft breweries has grown up to become a premium whisky distillery.

What's hitting the shelves? New product launches: January 2017

From low calorie energy drinks to new craft beers, we take a look at some of the new products hitting the shelves around the globe. 

Orangina to launch first price marked pack

Orangina, part of Schweppes International, will launch its first price marked pack (PMP) next month.

Diageo Scotch & whiskey global sales rebound from sluggish growth one year ago

Diageo reported a strong sales gain for the second half of 2016 due to rising global demand for Scotch and whiskey following increased marketing efforts in the US.

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Meringue kiss 3D sweetener melts in hot drinks

Lampados International has launched a next-gen meringue kiss sweetener called Liteez.

EEB: Labelling bioplastics ‘eco’, ‘green’ or ‘bio’ misleads consumers

The European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) voted to amend its Waste Legislative Package this week (January 24) with more ambitious EU targets for 2030.

Infuser and partners to scale-up disinfection technology

Infuser has started a project to scale-up disinfection technology to boost food safety for industry.

'Bold' obesity plan in Scotland would see manufacturers suffer, says industry

Scotland needs a “bold approach” to tackle obesity, according to an influential group of politicians. But food industry representatives said tough regulation could present “barriers to business” for the country’s manufacturers....

Plant-based water sales predicted to double by 2020

The trend for healthy hydration is driving growth in plant-based waters, with global sales growing 21% in 2016 to reach sales of more than $2.7bn.

Taza Agua to partner with K-cup coffee makers with new water bottle design

Taza Agua has spent the last six months developing its new bottle design that will hold a K-cup pod within the bottle, to better distinguish itself as a water specifically...

Polyphenols specialist Artemis rebrands core line, branches out into purple tea

Polyphenols specialist Artemis International is rebranding its core berry-based product line and is branching out into other dark-colored botanicals including a unique purple tea. The company is also starting to develop...

Students given ‘300 coffees’ worth of caffeine in experimental error

A British University has been fined after a bungled nutritional experiment led to students consuming caffeine quantities equivalent to '300 cups of coffee.'

Trend towards ‘micro processors’ with innovative products and processing technologies

Liquid foods companies need to differentiate themselves to be more competitive

Carlos Fernandez, president/MD, JBT Liquid Foods, explains why middle class acquisitive power is becoming increasingly important for food and drink processors and reflects on a busy 12 months at JBT.

PepsiCo prepares to make a splash at Super Bowl LI with premium & zero calorie products

PepsiCo will use next month's Super Bowl to debut its new premium water brand, LIFEWTR, and promote its zero-calorie soda, Pepsi Zero Sugar.

Consumer group calls on Dutch parliament for tougher salt measures

A study by the Dutch Consumentebond has found exceedingly higher levels of salt in private label supermarket foods than their name brand counterparts and are calling on the government to...

Drinks industry calls for duty cuts as Brexit looms

UK spirit, wine and beer industries are calling for a cut in duty, saying that as Brexit looms they need the government’s support more than ever.

News in brief

Monster Energy Ultra Citron launches as low calorie energy drinks rise 32%

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched a new citrus flavor for sugar-free Monster Energy Ultra, seeing a 32% rise in sales of low calorie energy drinks and a shift in...

Paper mill explosion causes a ‘sea’ of Black Liquor

International Paper Company has completed a mass clean-up after an explosion at a pulp and paper mill in Cantonment, Florida, caused a ‘sea’ of Black Liquor.

Beer tourism boom brews up across the US, showing no signs of slowing

An estimated 10 million people visit craft breweries every year, signalling that beer tourism is no longer just a trendy hobby but a lifestyle choice more on par with the...

Sugar reduction efforts & demand for functional benefits will drive vegetable juice sales in 2017

Vegetables will shine as a rising star in the juice industry in 2017 as consumers look for ways to reduce sugar and increase functional benefits, predicts a top executive working...

New smartphone app measures water stress of grapevines

Grapegrowers in Australia are trialling a new smartphone app that helps them measure the water status of their vines. 

Ball expands further into craft beer market

Ball has expanded further into the craft beer market producing cans for Lervig Aktiebryggeri in Norway.

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